Preview: Hibs v Celtic

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Updated: July 23, 2011

Celtic open their bid to stop Ally McCoist enjoying a championship winning debut season as Rangers manager when they take on Hibernians at Easter Road on Sunday.

The home side’s manager Colin Calderwood has endured a summer of speculation over his future but for the present the former Newcastle assistant manger remains in Edinburgh and he heads into this game minus the services of four players

Akpo Sodje (knee) and Sean Welsh (cheekbone) are both likely to miss the opening weeks of the season while Martin Scott is out with an Achilles injury with Michael Hart closing on a return to action following an ankle injury.

Celtic will be without skipper Scott Brown who is suspended for Celtic’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League opener against Hibernian at Easter Road on Sunday.

Summer signing Victor Wanyama could make his SPL debut after coming on as substitute against Cardiff in the midweek friendly however Paddy McCourt, Darren O’Dea (Thomas Rogne and Jos Hooiveld are all out.

Hibs (from): Stack, Wotherspoon, Hanlon, Stephens, Booth, Murray, Thornhill, Galbraith, Stevenson, Palsson, De Graaf, O’Hanlon, O’Connor, Sproule, Crawford, Horner, Taggart, Brown.

Celtic (from): Zaluska, Matthews, M Wilson, K Wilson, Loovens, Majstorovic, Izaguirre, Ki, Wanyama, Kayal, Maloney, Mulgrew, Commons, Forrest, Samaras, Stokes, Hooper, Cervi, Cha.

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